ADHD And Sleep Problems:

Is There A Connection?

The connection between ADHD and sleep disordered is well documented.

Research indicates that 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep disordered breathing, and children with ADHD experience higher rates of daytime sleepiness compared to children who do not suffer from ADHD.

In addition, studies indicate that poor sleep seems to exacerbate and worsen ADHD symptoms.

According to one University of Chicago study, children with insufficient sleep and sleep problems were more likely to display behaviors of hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, and opposition.

In addition, most mainstream ADHD medications such as Ritalin are made from stimulants. One of the side effects of stimulants is insomnia and sleep disturbances.

Tips For Getting Better Sleep

1) Address Medication-Caused Sleep Disturbances.

If you or your child is experiencing insomnia while taking stimulant-based medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, etc., discuss it with your doctor right away. The doctor can adjust dosages or dosage times such as taking the medication earlier in the day.

2) Maintain A Bedtime Regimen Or Ritual.

Established set bedtimes and a procedure for "winding down" during the evening. This is based on individual preference, but some enjoy a soothing activity, reading, cool baths, etc. Consistency and a quiet environment are key.

3) Stop Stimulating The Brain. This means absolutely no video games or television before bedtime, as flashing lights stimulate the brain and make undisturbed sleep impossible. Also, do not eat or consume alcohol prior to bedtime as the body spends all night digesting and breaking down the alcohol. The result of this is waking up tired.

4) Eliminate Caffeine And Sugar.

Reduce and eventually eliminate all caffeine and sugar-based products (poor quality snacks), especially soda. This is an easy way to help alleviate both symptoms of ADHD and sleep problems.

5) Exercise.

Nothing promotes restful sleep than a good physical workout.

6) Try ADD Natural Remdies.

These ADHD medications are made from plants and herbs, not stimulants. They do not have the side effects of mainstream pharmaceutical offerings.

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